Ten energy efficiency tips

The Telegraph recently released an article on ‘Ten energy-saving tips that you haven’t heard before’, which begs the question, ‘Are we all aware of all the different energy efficiency saving techniques around our homes?’

The Hot Ten

  1. By using a halogen oven in place of the more conventional electric, you can save money. A halogen oven uses 75% less electricity, combine this with the halogen oven’s faster cooking time, it will no doubt make a difference. A halogen oven will cost from between £30 - £60.
  2. Stop heat from escaping up a disused Chimney. If your fire is never used, there are a number of products on the market that will help you to easily block the chimney including chimney balloons. This should only be considered under the strict guidance of an expert as carbon monoxide from an open fire can be lethal.
  3. Install a voltage Optimisation Device, which adjusts the voltage fed into your home to feed electronic devices to the level that you actually require. A standard appliance can use up to 4% more current than necessary and consumes 9% more energy. The voltage device must be installed by a professional electrician. The device won’t work on all appliances but will still save you 10% on your electricity bill over a year. Installation costs are in the region of £550 but will save you £50 - £135 annually.
  4. A modern shower can use as much water in five minutes as it takes to fill a bath. If you are on a water meter, from between £18 to £45 you can slow down the amount of water by using energy efficient shower heads, making an annual saving of £70.
  5. Cavity wall insulation. 35% of heat will be lost from an uninsulated house, losing you money and energy. Grants are available, bringing the work costs down to £100 - £350.
  6. Draught-proofing, (even more obvious than number 5) preventing the heat from leaving your home will save you money. Check letter boxes, external pipes, windows and door seals for any obvious gaps. Your local DIY shop will have a range of products to help this problem
  7. Although government feed in tariffs on solar panels have been reduced, the cost of the panels has fallen from £12k to around £7k, making them a very attractive and renewable source of energy. According to Britain’s largest independent solar panel installer, the installation costs would be covered within 8 years of use.
  8. The most important energy efficiency saving tip by far is to have your loft insulated. An un-insulated loft space will lose a mighty quarter of your heating. The recommended level is 11” but adding more insulation will only help insulation and energy efficiency further.
  9. When lighting makes up 8% of your energy bills it makes sense to replace the standard light bulb with that of the energy efficient variety. A compact fluorescent bulb will save £3 across the year but will save approximately £55 over the bulb’s lifetime.
  10. Finally, get the kettle on, but only boil the kettle with the amount of water in that you tend to use. If your kettle is on as often as Northern Energy’s, this energy efficiency tip will no doubt save you money!

A lot of the tips sound obvious, but it’s amazing how many people still need to make these small changes to their homes. An energy efficient lifestyle will not only have financial benefits but it will cut down on using up the planet’s fossil fuels.